ONE OF ONLY 150 COPIES WITH WONDERFUL ORIGINAL COLOR LITHOGRAPH BY FELLINI, SIGNED BY HIM
FELLINI, Federico. I Clowns. A cura di Renzo Renzi. Foto a colori di Franco Pinna. (Bologna): Cappelli editore, (1970). Quarto, original beige cloth. $6800.
Limited first edition of this richly illustrated companion to Fellini's film I Clowns, number 120 of only 150 copies issued with an original color lithograph of a clown by Fellini, numbered and signed by him.
"Throughout his career Federico Fellini focused on his personal vision of society" to craft films of "dazzling inventiveness and skill" (New York Times). Fellini explored his childhood obsession with circus clowns in I Clowns [The Clowns], a groundbreaking "fictional documentary." He originally made I Clowns for Italian TV station RAI, though it was released simultaneously in movie theaters. Presented as a documentary, the movie incorporates fictional elements as well. Richly illustrated throughout in black and white and in color, this collection of articles and essays on the history and craft of clowns features 64 pages of color photographs. Without original dust jacket. Text in Italian.
Tiny, faint dampstain to lower corner of lithograph margin; image clean and fine, signature bold. Interior fine, mild discoloration to original cloth. A near-fine copy, scarce and desirable with the original lithograph signed by Fellini.